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Comment How about repurposed Android smartphones? (Score 3, Informative) 158 158

Grab a few old Android devices--maybe N1s--turn off their cellular and wifi radios, load them up with music, and use 3.5 mm audio cable converted to whatever your aux input is on your existing system. Some 3.5mm audio cable can be purchased with/cobbled together to include built-in play, pause, and track skip buttons... Also, there's the rooting factor for most Android devices as well as the fact that most non-Apple smartphones use some variant of microUSB for charging and syncing.

Comment Re:Let me be the first to say... (Score 1) 309 309

For all we know, there is a galactic Internet accessible via quantum effects of some sort. Tapping that would be first contact.

Great. We hook up to the Galactic Extranet and what do we get? We become a node in some ET's botnet and get bombarded with ads for "space Viagra."

Comment Sure, the robot takes five minutes to get a beer.. (Score 1) 114 114

...but so do dogs that are trained to do the same thing. But unlike a dog, a robot won't chew your shoes, defecate in the yard, or lack opposable digits to pop the top on a beer bottle. Still, that entire issue of looking for a charging port in the middle of the night kind of bothers me.

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